UBC Press, Vancouver & Toronto, 1st ed., 2003. Xiv + 206 pp., 18 ills., 3 maps & 2 tables. Pict. boards. 23 x 16cm. FINE. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Acton, Feast of St. Bernard, Bishop. 2004." This is the first comprehensive study of naval operations involving North American squadrons of the Royal Navy in Nova Scotia waters. Professor Gwyn examines the motives behind the navy's deployment between 1745 and 1815, and its role in the Western Atlantic during this era which witnessed the Seven Years' War, the War of American Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Naval War of 1812. He describes the complex and competing interests among the Admiralty, Navy Board, sea officers, and government officials on both sides of the Atlantic. It is a story of naval battles, impressments, and privateering in which the author brings to life the key events and central figures of the period. He recalls instances of great leadership and those lacking it. He brings before the reader not only naval heroes like Peter Warren and Philip Broke, but also lesser-known land-based officials in Halifax naval yard who also made a valuable contribution. FINE copy.